Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries ac­quires Morocco-based en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Tech­ni­plus

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries, the en­gi­neer­ing di­vi­sion of Hili Ven­tures, has ac­quired Tech­ni­plus, a multi-dis­ci­plined en­gi­neer­ing firm in Morocco, from its long-stand­ing part­ner Konecranes of Fin­land.

Tech­ni­plus is en­gaged in the main­te­nance and ser­vic­ing of port cargo han­dling equip­ment. Its ma­jor cus­tomers in­clude the op­er­a­tors of Morocco’s largest ports at Casablanca, Tang­ier, Agadir and Jorf Las­far, man­u­fac­tur­ers, steel plants, and min­ing com­pa­nies.

Over the past 10 years, Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries has in­stalled more than 200 port con­tainer cranes at key ter­mi­nals around Europe, the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia for Konecranes.

With its 150-strong staff com­ple­ment – most of which based in the ports – Tech­ni­plus al­most triples the size of Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries and strate­gi­cally ex­tends its foot­print to North Africa. Hili Ven­tures was suc­cess­fully ac­tive in lo­gis­tics, en­gi­neer­ing and bank­ing hard­ware ser­vic­ing in North Africa un­til re­cently and the group is keen to re-en­ter the re­gion to tap its com­mer­cial po­ten­tial.

“Tech­ni­plus con­ducts busi­ness in Mau­ri­ta­nia, Sene­gal, Tu­nisia and Al­ge­ria and there are sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness prospects in the wider re­gion,” Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Tony Mal­lia ex­plained. “With a foothold in Morocco, Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries will be able to ex­pand its grow­ing marine en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices ac­tiv­i­ties beyond the cen­tral Mediter­ranean. We are look­ing for­ward to com­bin­ing the ex­per­tise of the Malta and Morocco teams and lever­ag­ing syn­er­gies to ben­e­fit ex­ist­ing and new cus­tomers.”

Mother­well Bridge In­dus­tries has ap­pointed Alexei Sciber­ras as Tech­ni­plus’ new Gen­eral Man­ager.

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